The ACEN Student Scholarship: a profile of financial hardship and Work Integrated Learning

Moore, Keri, Ferns, Sonia, & Peach, Deborah (2012) The ACEN Student Scholarship: a profile of financial hardship and Work Integrated Learning. In 2012 ACEN Conference Proceedings : Collaborative Education: Investing in the Future, Australian Collaborative Education Network Inc., Geelong, Victoria.

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An increasing emphasis on embedding Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) in the curriculum has impacted on teaching and learning approaches in Australian higher education institutions (Higher Education Base Funding Review: Final Report, 2011). Yet whilst the benefits and costs of these approaches have been identified (Bradley, Noonan, Nugent, & Scales, 2008; Patrick et al., 2009) insufficient attention has been paid to financial costs experienced by students studying subjects with a Work Integrated Learning component. In 2010 the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) responded to this issue by offering three modest student scholarships based on evidence of hardship. Data collected from over 1000 applicants between 2010 and 2012 indicate travel, accommodation, food, clothing, equipment and loss of income are of major concern especially for students on lengthy placements involving relocation. At the same time the Australian Federal Government’s review of base funding has recommended a detailed assessment of the costs of providing student placements across all disciplines - in particular health and education (DEEWR, 2011, p.94). This paper considers costs from the student perspective and highlights major concerns identified through ACEN scholarship applications over a three year period. The implications for ACEN are described and recommendations documented which outline ACEN’s role in ensuring that these issues are given greater consideration across the sector.

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ID Code: 63381
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Work Integrated Learning, practice-based learning, financial hardship, costs, scholarship
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2012 Keri Moore, Sonia Ferns, Deborah Peach
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2013 00:22
Last Modified: 05 May 2017 04:05

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